The Pediatric Sleep Clinic at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital provides assessment and treatment for infants, children, and young adults who have sleep disorders.
Poor quality sleep can affect a child’s behavior—increasing likelihood of irritability and tantrums, for example—and can lead to problems paying attention and completing work in school. Additionally, children and young adults who have episodes of sleepwalking can experience accidents and injuries. Long-term effects of obstructive sleep apnea, on the other hand, can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and stroke.
The Pediatric Sleep Clinic is the only pediatric sleep center in Iowa that has a dedicated and diverse team of specialists, including expert pediatric sleep specialists; pulmonologists; ear, nose, and throat specialists (otolaryngologists); psychologists; and sleep technicians.
Sleep disorder specialists provide care for patients experiencing a number of sleep-related issues, including:
Disruptive patterns of waking and sleep
Problems with falling asleep or staying asleep
Jerking of the body that disturbs sleep
Falling asleep at odd times
Seizures during sleep
Movement while sleeping, such as head banging
Night terrors, sleep walking, or talking in their sleep
Snoring or times when breathing stops during sleep
Your Child’s Sleep Study Visit
Upon arrival at the Pediatric Sleep Clinic for your child’s sleep study appointment, you and your child will meet with a technician who will explain the procedures. One parent/guardian is required to be present for the duration of the study, and will sleep in the same room as the child.
In order to properly monitor your child during sleep, wires may be taped or glued to his or her head, face, chest, leg, and/or finger. These will only be attached at the skin’s surface; there are no needles or invasive procedures.
Your child is encouraged to bring his or her own pajamas, blankets, pillows, and/or anything else that will help them feel comfortable and at home. A technician in another room will monitor your child’s sleep overnight. Once the study is over in the morning, our specialists will evaluate the findings and further recommendations may be made for your child.
Parking and directions for your child’s sleep study visit
Park in University Hospital Parking Ramp 1
Go through exit door on level 1 and turn left
Follow signs to the Sleep Disorder Center (do not go down hill)
Entrance door will require you to push the help button on a red box
Patients and families should not use the parking meters in front of the CDD building for sleep study visits. Overnight parking in the front entrance will result in parking tickets.